This page provides information on topics such as curriculum, assessment, rules, and professional development. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality science programs for students. Join the science mailing list to receive updates as information becomes available.
The Division of Curriculum science team provides direction and leadership to Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 science educators in Texas. The science staff does the following:
- Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science
- Facilitates the development and management of state-funded professional development programs
- Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state science assessments
- Assists the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for grades K-12 science instructional materials
- Reviews state certifications related to science with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)
In addition, the science staff coordinates the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Science staff also provides on-going communication with the field related to science curriculum and graduation requirements found in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
The State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval on April 21, 2017 to the streamlined science TEKS for K-8 science and four high school science courses. The streamlined TEKS will be implemented in classrooms beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.
The link to the streamlined science TEKS can be found on the Science TEKS Streamlining page http://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_(TEKS)_Review/Science_TEKS_Streamlining/.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The National Science Foundation, under the direction of the White House, approves the Texas candidates as finalists for the national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) award. If chosen as a national winner, the state finalists will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for two to Washington D.C. for ceremonies that include recognition from the President of the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.paemst.org.
The nomination and application windows are open for teachers who teach Grades K-6. Teachers may sign up to apply or be nominated for the award.
In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2018, will receive 25 CPE hours. For questions, contact your Texas State PAEMST Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TEA is looking for experts in the fields of science education to review and evaluate applications for PAEMST. This year’s competition is for teachers of grades K-6. The application to serve on the 2018 PAEMST review committee is now available. The completed form is due on or before 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, March 30, 2018.
PAEMST Reviewer Application
National Youth Science Camp 2017 Delegates Selected
Two outstanding students have been selected to represent Texas as delegates to the 2017 National Youth Science Camp. The National Youth Science Camp, one of the nation’s premier programs in secondary science education, is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Delegates who are chosen to represent each state must have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities, and a genuine interest in the sciences. The two Texas students selected are
• Winnie Lu – Cypress Falls High School, Cypress- Fairbanks ISD, Houston and
• Bihan Jiang – Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton.
In addition to the two state delegates, four alternates were also selected. The four alternates for Texas include:
• Amy Ma of William B. Clements High School (Fort Bend ISD);
• Adriana Avendano of Young Women’s Leadership Academy (San Antonio ISD);
• Virginia Blackwell of the Texas Virtual Academy; and
• Benjamin Rubanov of the Plano West Senior High School (Plano ISD).
Additional information about the National Youth Science Camp is available at http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/.
Statewide professional development opportunities on science topics are available now at regional education service centers (ESCs) and through the Texas Gateway.
Contact the science specialist at your regional ESC for upcoming professional development opportunities.
The resources below address various topics related to the science standards, awards, and organizations.
Science TEKS, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112, effective 2010-2011
Grades K-5 Science TEKS now available in Spanish (PDF, 122KB)
Grade 6 Science TEKS now available in Spanish (PDF, 26.76KB)
Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) (outside source): The Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching support a network of K-16 partnerships to provide high-quality, sustained, and intensive teacher mentoring focused on strengthening science and mathematics content and pedagogy. This infrastructure of over 56 institutions of higher education collaborates with the Texas Education Agency, education service centers, school districts, and business partners. The TRC has an 18-year track record of designing and implementing exemplary professional development using research-based instructional models, materials, and best practices. Visit the TRC to receive the latest information about science professional development.
Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)
Texas Gateway (outside source)
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (outside source)
National Youth Science Camp (outside source)
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (outside source)
Science for All Americans, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)
Science Professional Organizations (PDF, 18KB)
The following documents are provided as a reference for science teachers.
Data and Research (PDF, 90KB)
Laboratory and Field Investigations – FAQ, August 2010 (PDF, 203KB)
Chemical Safety 2016 (PDF, 265KB)
Safety Information and Resources (PDF, 227KB)
Texas Education Agency Safety Laws and Rules (PDF, 222KB)
Texas Education Agency Science Facilities Best Practices (PDF, 38MB)
Please note the Facilities Standards can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/State_Funding/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/.
Texas Education Agency Texas Safety Standards (PDF, 20MB)